Remembering September 11th at the Pentagon

09/11/2019
By Robbin Laird Early on the morning of September 11th, I had an appointment in the Pentagon with a senior Pentagon official. I got there a bit early, and parked just outside the Defense Secretary's office. As I was sitting in the office, the TV was showing the story of…

Dealing with the Chinese Challenge: The Case of the Pharmaceutical Industry

08/02/2019
By Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake The United States and a number of key allies have begun to focus significant attention on reworking the supply chain in key industries associated with imports from China. As Dr. Harald Malmgren recently noted: “Much new industrial thinking is under way how the next…

The Indian Western Fleet Overseas Deployment Program: INS Tarkash Arrives in Sweden

07/21/2019
INS Tarkash as part of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet arrived in Sweden on July 2019. According to India Strategic: This marks the first visit of an Indian Naval Ship to Swedish shores after a gap of more than 15 years. During her three day visit, professional interactions, sports and…

The US Navy Working Maritime Security with African Partners

06/22/2019
By defenceWeb The United States Navy is working with partners in Africa to help them enhance maritime security, with exercises, training and aid being delivered, according to US Navy Admiral James Foggo III. “The maritime domain has strategic security implications; not only do piracy and other illicit maritime activities threaten…

Australian Sovereignty and Maritime Security: RADM Goddard Discusses the Role of the Maritime Border Command

05/29/2019
By Robbin Laird During my recent stay in Australia in April 2019, I had the chance to meet with RADM Lee Goddard, Commander of the Maritime Border Command.  His command oversees the operational side of ensuring maritime security for Australia. Because Australia has no land borders, dealing with challenges like…

Norwegian Cyber Strategy, 2019

04/20/2019
Norway has accelerated plans to scale up its national security infrastructure against threats emanating from the cyber domain. In late January 2019, the Norwegian government released two documents highlighting its approach. "This strategy is intended to address the challenges that will inevitably arise in conjunction with the rapid and far-reaching…